Moms, Grandmothers: Pass on The Heritage of Sincere Faith
May 10th, 2020

2 Timothy 1:5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

Paul’s purpose in writing the book is to encourage the younger Timothy in his ministry as the pastor of the church at Ephesus. 

One of the themes of the book of 2 Timothy is the heritage that we have as Christians, and the obligation to pass on what we have learned about Jesus

Much of 2nd Timothy focuses on being faithful in ministry, being strong in adversity.

The ministry that each of us have in passing on our faith to our own families is where these two great themes come together

Godly mothers have sincere faith (1:5).

2 Timothy 1:5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you

Paul recalls with joy, the type of faith that Timothy has.  It is a sincere faith. 

The Greek word means unfeigned, without hypocrisy, sincere.  A faith that is not “put on”, like a garment, but is part of us all the time. 

which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice

One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to be a godly mother.  Eunice was faithful to God, and the result of her faithfulness was that to God used it in her life, and in the life of her son Timothy.

Having a sincere faith doesn’t mean that these women were perfect

But sincere faith does mean that they were “real” with God.  It means that they had a real relationship with Him.

It means that when you do sin and mess up a relationship, especially with a family member, that you ask their forgiveness and do your part to work on the relationship. 

The situation in the household of Timothy, Eunice and Lois wasn’t perfect, but our God is an expert at bringing good out of bad situations.

Because of this witness of these Godly women, Paul found young Timothy living as a disciple of Jesus.  And because of the example of his mother and grandmother, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium.   And what did Paul do?  Paul wanted this man to go with him; as it says in acts 16:2-3. 

2 Timothy 3:14-17 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2. Godly mothers honor God’s Word and train their children in God’s Word (3:14-15).

Paul encourages timothy to continue in the things that he has learned.

Continue in what People like Paul, his spiritual father, and Eunice his mother, and Lois his grandmother have taught him.

Paul is encouraging Timothy to keep up the standard of the Gospel. 

Become convinced of

Not only has Timothy learned these things, but he has become convinced of the teaching, he firmly believes it.  The Gospel is the foundation of His life, he has been established in the Gospel.

knowing from whom you have learned them

Timothy knows the character of Paul, who has taught him about what it means to be a Christian, and he knows the character of his mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois. 

Always bring your Bible and follow along, and always check what you are being taught to make sure that it lines up with the Word of God.

As Parents (and sometimes even as Grandparents) we should be the primary persons responsible for teaching our children and Grandchildren God’s word.

But we should also pray that God will send other Christians to help in this process. 

God’s Word of truth is powerful to save (James 1:18)

God’s Word will sanctify His people (John 17:17)

and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings

A Godly Mother must teach their Children God’s Word

If your children almost never see you seeking God through His Word, they won’t either.

If you spend all of your time watching TV or on the internet, and the Bible is never opened, what are your kids going to assume is more important?

which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Teach your children wisdom

Help them to understand that not only is following Jesus the right way to live, it is the best way to live, and ultimately the only way to live eternally.

Show them that you have faith in Jesus when times are tough, and they will learn to have faith in Jesus.





Content – Paul’s Secret to Overcoming
May 3rd, 2020

Philippians 4:10-13

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly,

Paul rejoices with the Philippians that they can share this joy _____________

At last you have revived your concern for me

Paul is not rejoicing because of the gift, but the ________________ behind the gift—concern for him.

But you lacked opportunity.

Paul was always on the ___________, and they didn’t have telephones or the internet to keep in touch, so while they wanted to give him a gift, they really had no way to know ___________ to send it.

One of the few advantages to being in prison is that everyone knows ___________to find you—the Philippians knew where to _________ the gift!

11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

Paul is saying here, that “through his discipleship in _______, he has come to __________ that he can be content, having God-supplied ____________.  

Paul’s contentedness outwardly may look like the Stoic (being content in whatever circumstance he finds himself in) but inwardly it is completely different because the _________ of Paul’s contentedness is not his _________-  _______________ but his complete dependence on God for His _______________ of Paul’s needs.

I know how to get along with humble means

Paul knows how to be _____________, to be in _________. 

God will certainly ____________us at times in our Christian life, but God does not ___________ us

Roman culture looked on ____________ as abasing, as _____________

and I also know how to live in prosperity;

Pau says here that he knows how to live when he has abundance in every way, when he’s ___________________, rich. 

God warns the Israelites of the danger of ________________ (Deut 8:11-14)

He was warning them that when they had more abundance, they would tend to ________ that it was God who gave them this abundance in the first place, and forget their ______________ toward Him.

Wealth can deceitfully try to teach us to _________ on it, instead of relying on God. (Math 13:22)

We can’s serve God and __________ at the same time (Luke 16:13)

Paul is trying to tell the Philippians to live as ________________ of Heaven regarding their circumstances.

in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

The secret of what?  Of living life in __________ as life comes to him, of taking what we perceive as the “good things” coming from God, as well as those things we think of as “trials” or troubles, agreeing with (Job 2:10b).

This word that Paul uses for being contented, or being filled was used for ‘_________    ______    _______’, being satisfied

And its opposite means literally going __________, not having enough to eat. 

Paul is linking the suffering that he has endured in the service of Christ with the ________________ to learn what it means to have the character of Christ.  (see 1 Cor 4:11-13)

13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

But Paul is calling attention, not to his ________-sufficiency, or his personal _________ to cope with these difficult circumstances and be content despite circumstances, but to the sufficiency of ___________ to strengthen him to get through these circumstances.

 Put your circumstances into the hands of the Lord.

He uses the times when he is in ___________ and sometimes ____________ by others to practice turning the other cheek, praying for those who persecute him. 

He uses the times when he’s doing well to pay for the _______________ vows of several young men, and to rent a __________ in Rome for two years, so that he can ___________ his epistles to the churches.

Whatever the circumstance, Paul finds a way to see that the ___________ is preached and that ________ is glorified.   

Put yourself in the Hands of the Lord

The lesson that Paul is trying to teach the Philippians here, could well be summarized by Psalm 37:3-4 Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

He is using his life as an example to trust in the Lord, despite any circumstances, finding those ways to do _________ (Psalm 37:3-4)

Dwelling in the land means blossoming where the Lord has _____________ you.  We spend so much time trying to ___________ our circumstances, instead of allowing God to use our _____________________ to ____________ us! 

Dwell in the circumstances that God has put you in, and you will find that as you learn to lean on God, __________________ toward Him will begin to be cultivated in your heart. 

Paul was content, because he had learned that there was ____________ anyone else could do, no _______________ that he could find himself in, ___________that could __________ to him that would ____________ him from the love of God (Rom 8:38-39), and no circumstance that God couldn’t find a way to use for __________ (Rom 8:28) and no situation where Paul wasn’t ____________ to cooperate with God in this work of the Gospel—that’s __________________.

Lean on His Strength

Paul no longer the _________________, ______________________ man that he once was while he was a Pharisee.

He had ________________, not by his own __________, but by the Blood of the lamb, and the word of his testimony.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. (Zech 4:6)

He had listened when Jesus had told him that His grace was __________ for him (2 Cor 12:9) and learned to be well _______________ with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am __________. (2 cor 12:10)

And he wants to bring the Philippians to this same place of ______________ in following God’s plan for their lives.





How is Your Thought Life?
April 26th, 2020
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Philippians 4:8-9

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

When we talked about Philippians verses 6-7, we talked about Paul’s instructions to the Philippians on how not to worry, and how to get rid of worry and experiencing the JOY and Peace of God.  Philippians 4:6-8 is one of the best places in the Bible to turn to when you find yourself worrying

Paul has told us what NOT to think about—anxieties and worries—but what are we supposed to think about?

whatever is true,

Paul is calling us to dwell on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself in His Word

whatever is honorable,

When we think about the majesty of God, the weighty dignity of the Word of God and everything that God associates Himself with, we feel a sense of reverence which elevates our thinking. 

 whatever is right (in the sense of Just),

We are to dwell on God’s righteousness; how everything He does is right and just.  He wants us to emulate Him and love righteousness and justice.  In thinking about His ways, He wants us to consider our ways.

whatever is pure,

We should strive for purity, innocence and integrity; the kind of moral uprightness that God expects of His people.  When we think about Jesus, and specifically that we are going to meet Him face-to-face someday, we should want to purify ourselves and live in holiness.

whatever is lovely,

Lovely here means “loveable” or love-inspiring, or eliciting affection.  Thinking on the loveliness of Jesus, the loveliness of God extends our hearts out to Him. 

And people can be lovely.  Take a minute, and just think of something one of your brothers or sisters in Christ has done for that was lovely.

whatever is of good repute,

We are to think and speak kind words to one another, think about kind actions toward each other.

if there is any excellence

Areté means moral excellence—goodness, uprightness, virtuous in the general sense.  Find the good in the situation to think about. 

and if anything worthy of praise,

This word épainos means appropriately judged as deserving praise.

Of course, most often when the word praise is used in the New Testament, it’s most often referring to praising God. (Phil  1:11, Eph 1:6, 12)

But it is also of the praise that Jesus will give in the Bema seat judgement of those things done for Him with the right motive.  It’s far better to receive praise from God than man. 

dwell on these things.

Let your mind continually be taking these things into account.  Continually dwell on these things.  Changing the focus of our thoughts toward these things will begin to change our perspective to be more in line with the way Jesus wants us to live.  Our inner thought life is important,

A benchmark for thoughts that come to your minds

But in order to accomplish this transformation of our thought life that the Holy Spirit wants to bring about, it takes some discipline and some determination

Think of Philippians 4:8 as a kind of guard checking the credentials of thoughts that come into our head.  

Present your thought-life to God and say, I want to think about the things that YOU want me to think about.  Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:5  5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 

9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

learned

Paul is urging the Philippians to put these things to practice in their thought-life.  Paul is calling on them to take advantage of his experience in learning these truths of God, and consider their own experience and learn that this is the way to conduct our inner thought-life.  He’s calling on them to come to realize that this is the way to experience the true peace of God. 

Received

Paul is calling us to receive what he has said:  Apply it to our lives.

and heard

Paul is calling us not just to hear, as in in one ear and out the other, but to attend to what he’s saying.

or seen in me.

Paul is once again calling for them to follow the example that they have seen in him.

practice these things

The commitment of our thought-life to God is not something that can be accomplished overnight, but if we have the commitment to sanctify our thought-life to God, the Holy Spirit will help us. 

God of peace will be with you

If we will give over our thought-life to God, not only will we receive the peace of God, as it promises in Philippians 4:7, but more than that we will walk closer with the God of Peace, Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our Peace (Judges 6:24).